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11 Reasons Molly From “Fargo” Is The Damn Greatest

THE DAMN GREATEST. A love letter to Allison Tolman's wry Bemidji police officer.

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1. She is, first and foremost, goddamn great at her job.

She manages to shoot a hit man holding an assault rifle twice in a blizzard.


When she wonders how she could be such a competent police officer, Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) says, "Because you're you." Which is correct.

2. She's just invested in her own quiet competence.

3. Although she will shoot you if you point a gun at her, she's generally pretty polite to malefactors.


"Hold the phone, I know that fella," she says spleenless and smiling to the man who tried to shoot her.

4. She imagines possibilities for her life that don't include a traditional, "feminine" path. When her dad tells her she's going to get married and have kids:


Smile. Dismiss as old-fashioned. Granted, she does end up pregnant and together with Grimly, but that wasn't the only life she wanted.

5. She is goddamn better than the men around her and she is not afraid to show it on her face.

When she and Bill go to interview him about why he was talking about Sam Hess the day he was murdered, Lester says the witness must have overheard him saying, "my face is a mess."

6. Molly looks out for her fellow ladies.

Bill tells her Ida kicked him and the other officers out of her hospital room because they were being too loud.


"So you're bein' loud in the hall instead" is a very slick way to shame someone into leaving.

7. She's constantly fighting patriarchal bullshit.

Bill takes her off the case for being diligent and thorough, and for challenging his masculine authority and his trust of another man.


Your diligence will prevail, Solverson! Your name promises that you will solve this crime!


She turns him down with a helpful suggestion that he include "people in this world are less inclined to shoot a hostess than say an officer of the law" in the help wanted ad.

10. She's dogged.


"I’ve called a couple of times about the Fargo syndicate massacre, how I might know the fella responsible," she tells an FBI agent. ONE YEAR LATER AND NOT LETTING THIS GO UNTIL JUSTICE IS SERVED.

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